MAKERS MONDAY: DeeZelfee Designs by Darla Noon

I’m a creator. I’m a fabric and textile artist. I have 2 small boys and an urge to make pretty things that goes largely put-aside for more boyish pursuits. 

In my every-day life, I am a shift-working, coffee-guzzling, music-loving, awkward 30-something woman.

I currently make booties for babies, children and adults! I have recently added sunbonnets. I have small accessories, hair bows & bow ties. I have a big plan to add a whole new line, but it is still under development.

Why do you create?
To bring beautiful things into the world.

How has your art practice evolved since you first started?
I have started incorporating other artistic crafts into my booties, like ribbon plaiting and creating ribbon flowers.

How much time do you spend on your art practice? Is it enough?
I spend as much time as my “normal” life allows. Is there ever enough time for art...?

What is the most rewarding part of creating?
Seeing what you envision become a tangible reality.

What does creative joy mean to you?
Taking joy in the creative process, and the happiness that comes with creating something beautiful.



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RED FOX CREATIVE STUDIO is a creativity & wellness centre located in Regina, SK.

What does creativity mean to you?

We asked our Red Fox Enthusiasts what creativity means to them.

Scroll down and see the benefits to creativity - and hey, maybe you need to sign up for some scheduled creativity time.


BEING CREATIVE MEANS...

  • enjoying myself just the way I am while I make something to reflect what’s going on in my life
  • trying to bring the ideas I am picturing in my head and there’s always something new
  • the freedom to express myself, and being able to use the creativity to let out my emotions that would normally bet bottled up
  • that I am probably coming up with an idea that is perfect in my world and may solve problems for myself and others; it may include artistic elements but not always
  • peace
  • self awareness
  • to breathe in an airless world
  • expressing myself through painting, crocheting, knitting, dancing, decorating, sewing and many other art forms
  • Being creative is happiness, and fun!
  • taking pictures & restoring old photos, creativity is found through photographs
  • turning blah into TADA

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BALANCED: ART + SOUL RETREAT 2018

In May three fabulous women said YES. They said YES to possibility, YES to self-care, YES to nature, YES to themselves. 

The ART + SOUL RETREAT enables us to explore creativity, mindfulness, nature, and shared awareness through a small group setting.

There aren't many guidelines for this retreat, except:

  • Show Up
  • Feel all the feelings
  • Allow thoughts to come and go

This was a three day retreat that took place Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.  On Monday we focused on finding balance. We started with an outdoor guided visualization, accompanied by a quiet nature walk. In the quiet there was encouragement to just notice their thoughts and feelings. They were also encouraged to let these thoughts go, and just be, just be in this present moment.  We then took a break for some free time and nourishment. Next was a meditation in the middle of the forrest, followed by creativity time, reflection and conversation. Later that evening we made our trek out to Bald Butte (even though it had just rained) and watched the gorgeous sunset. Tuesday was spent with a guided meditation, creativity time and sharing our favourite moments amongst the group.

We built each other up and had a lovely time getting to know each other through our creative expression.  



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MAKERS MONDAY: Folk and Fan Woodburning by Julia Dima

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Hi, I'm Julia, the nerd behind Folk and Fan Woodburning and Art, based out of Regina. Folk and Fan combines the traditional folk art of Woodburning, or pyrography, with fan art, depicting images from everyone's favourite TV shows, movies, video games, books, and more. I started Folk and Fan because I am a proud nerd, and love seeing artwork from my favourite sci-fi and fantasy stories, and I hope that my artwork will reach out to fellow fans and get them excited to show off their passions in a unique and unexpected way.

I create Woodburnings that have images and symbols from sci-fi, fantasy, video games, etc, sometimes with my own unique twist on the famous characters and symbols. I use a Woodburning kit called a Colwood Detailer, which is essentially a hot pen, to burn images into the wood. I work on anything from bark-edged wood slices to wooden spoons and cutting boards, to trinket boxes.
I hope that my artwork is unique and stands out from other artwork in both the categories of folk art and fan art. I would like fans to have a piece of artwork that stands out amongst paintings, prints, posters, something quirky and different. I have seen a lot of folk art depicting landscapes, wildlife, still life, and so on. I hope that my artwork gives people a funny surprise when they look at this traditional looking artwork and spot a Storm Trooper from Star Wars or dragon from Game of Thrones, instead.

Why do you create? 
I've always been an artist at heart. As a kid, my family inspired and supported me to be creative, from my grandfather making me a personalized drawing board for doodling after dinner, to my mom enrolling me in courses at the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre so I could learn from Regina artists who inspired me. 
I have always found art therapeutic and feel a lot of satisfaction in making something beautiful, especially when I can share it with others, and make them happy.

How has your art practice evolved since you first started?
Woodburning is a relatively new hobby for me! I started it because I purchased a hobby burner whilst bored in a craft store with a 40 per cent off coupon. I started doing it more seriously in February of 2017, and that's when I began making fan art. In the past year, I've improved a lot, spoiled myself to new equipment that allows me to try new techniques, and have found a community of inspiring woodburners online, and learned so much from them. I am consistently learning, always thankful for advice from long-time burners, and really excited to learn as much as I can about the art.

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How much time do you spend on your art practice? Is it enough?
For me, art is a hobby. I have a day job and provide caregiving for my granny and gramps. My art practice is my escape from my responsibilities, and I'd love to do it more, but I'm thankful that I have time for a hobby, and that I can share my hobby with others too!

What is the most rewarding part of creating?
The most rewarding part of creating is making something that makes people happy. I am a gift giver, and I like to make things that have meaning to those receiving them. When I am selling my artwork at a market, and a kid comes up to me with a beaming smile when they see their fandom, and gets excited about my artwork, it's very rewarding. I believe that art is about expressing ourselves with the world, and leaving a sometimes very sad and bleak world more beautiful and cheerful than how we found it.

Do you have a creative philosophy?
My creative philosophy is simply that art is for everyone. Everyone should feel free to create, to try and make something with their hands, to learn, to view and appreciate art, and to feel welcomed into artistic communities.

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What does creative joy mean to you?
Creative joy to me means simply that: finding joy and personal fulfillment in being creative and making something with your hands.

CREATE your own question & answer:
Question: What is your favourite fandom?
Answer: My favourite fandom is Lord of the Rings.



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FACILITATOR FRIDAY: Katelyn Crawford

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Name: Katelyn Crawford

Business Name: One Good Thing (plus I'm a Teacher with the Regina Public School Board)

What medium do you work in?
Anything & Everything

What do you make?
Whatever I feel inspired to create..

What compels you to create?
A feeling, a book, a movie, a person, a photograph, an experience.

How did you start creating?
My momma has always been artsy so growing up I was constantly surrounded by inspiration and supplies.

Where is your studio is located ?
Usually on my kitchen floor.

Why do you create?
Because sometimes words cannot do justice to a feeling or a thought. Sometimes being creative is the only way to express myself in a way that others might begin to understand. And because creativity is so incredibly healing for me.

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?
A pen and pencil. All great ideas begin, for me, with one of these two tools.

What is unique about your art practice?
I will try anything once and refuse to feel ashamed of anything I create.

Number of years you have been a crafter or artist
25+

Describe your work with a movie title
The Tree of Life

Would you let us hook up your ‘Recently Played’ list on Spotify to the studio speakers?:
Absolutely YES

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What is the funniest thing that happened to you recently?
I was taking a nice relaxing bubble bath and my kitten was playing with the bubbles.. then fell in and freaked out. My entire bathroom was soaked and he was quite disturbed by it all. Hahahahaha..

Favorite season and why?
Fall because of the changing colours, the sounds, the smells, the harvest, and the opportunity to begin again in a new school year!

Favorite place?
This beautiful cafe on the water at Emerald Lake in BC

What is your idea of time well spent ?
Any time spent with people I love or doing something I love is time well spent to me.

Quirky fact...
I speak to my dog and two cats as if they were my children and I do it in Spanish most days.

What do you teach at Red Fox?
Kids Creativity Camp


RED FOX CREATIVE STUDIO is a creativity & wellness centre located in Regina, SK.

CAPTURED: PHOTO RETREAT SPRING 2018

Our photo retreat enabled us to explore photography, mindfulness, nature, and shared awareness through small group support. This group took connection to a deeper level and provided safe opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of ourselves.

The first day of our retreat focused on creating a group connection. We started with a little ice-breaker, eating supper together and enjoying the sunset over Bald Butte. The second day we focused on getting in touch with nature and practising our photography for the fun of it. We started with a mindful exercise, a guided nature walk (we were blessed with a little rain), 10x10 photography challenge, ice cream treats, and watching horses trot into the pasture at golden light. The third day was spent spending time with our images and sharing our favourites amongst the group. We built each other up and had a lovely time getting to know each other through our imagery.  



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MAKERS MONDAY: Katherine Boyd

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By day, I am a psychologist that works with hospitalized children and their families. However, my alter ego is an emerging Canadian artist who uses any opportunity to be creative in day-to-day life while managing an active family life.

Eight years ago I made a serious effort to join the arts community and was invited to sell paintings at Lovecraft Gallery in Calgary. After a few years, I moved to an amazing online gallery named FosterMAK, which is owned by fellow artist Stacey Walyuchow. This mother-turned-entrepreneur is well known for her charity towards the Alberta Children’s Hospital, which made her gallery a perfect fit for me. I have also participated in art shows at Elevation Gallery in Canmore, Alberta College of Art and Design, and many other local venues.

At this time, I tend to paint using acrylics but I will dabble in oil painting when the mood strikes me. I like to use a gallery-style canvas and paint the sides black to frame the painting. I also love to sketch, scrapbook, and use digital media to create artwork. My painting style is modern and impressionistic, often with emotionally evocative content. Inspiration for my art comes from my work with hospitalized children, my history, my family, and my love of bright, strong colors. I am often drawn to painting figures but can’t seem to limit myself to a particular style or subject. I also tend to use my fingers and household items in painting at least some part of my picture.

Why do you create?
As a child, art was my escape, my way to cope, my secret, and my joy. My parents fed my passion with art classes and purse draining trips to the art store. While I struggled with making life-like landscape pictures, I quickly discovered freedom in creating impressionistic and abstract art. At various times in my life, it has been my lifeline as well as a source of achievement.

How has your art practice evolved since you first started?
I have always been drawn to art but I was a teenager when I began to be serious about painting. I have memories of taking the transit to the Alberta College of Art when I was 16 years old every Wednesday after school for oil painting lessons. I took every art class offered at school and was in every possible art-based club. When I started training in psychology at university, I found ways to incorporate art practice and knowledge in my studies. My zest for creative interventions was readily apparent when I first began to work in residential treatment centers and then hospital settings. For the past 20 years, I have shared my passion for art and creative interventions with therapists, nurses, doctors, social workers, and teachers. My hope is to foster the creative spirit in others and to provide opportunities for wounded children to heal through art. While art has been a way for me to cope with life demands, it has increasingly become a way for me to celebrate life and beauty. For now, my art represents anything I feel - from raw emotion to a new spiritual awakening.

How much time do you spend on your art practice? Is it enough?
I tend to spent weekends painting or sketching. I always have a sketchbook on me and tend to design new paintings when I am bored or on a break. My travel bag is always loaded with art supplies just in case I get some down time. There are days when I feel I have the perfect balance and days when I wish I could paint or sketch more often.

What is the most rewarding part of creating?
My favorite part of creating is not the finished product. Rather, it is the moment where I take the brush in my hand and watch the paint color the blank canvas. There is something so satisfying in watching the white disappear and become something else. It is almost a meditative experience for me.

Do you have a creative philosophy?
I’m not sure how to answer this question because it takes me too much into my head. When I paint, it is not a thinking process. It is an emotional process and often an out-of-body experience. I often feel driven to paint and restless if I cannot do so. Painting is more of a need rather than a desire. If I had to come up with something it would be to echo a quote by Leonardo da Vinci. “Art is never finished, only abandoned." I always feel that I am simply stopping my painting at a certain point and it is never truly done. I still can’t hang my own paintings on the wall because I keep wanting to make changes.

What does creative joy mean to you?
Creative joy, for me, is the feeling of personal satisfaction when I have managed to create something that matches the idea in my head. It is also that sense of pride when I have made something beautiful or interesting from simple materials.

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How do you contribute to the arts community?
For almost a decade, I have given lectures and advocated for the use of the creative arts in schools and therapy. Part of the proceeds from every painting sold is donated to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Mental Health Unit to purchase group therapy supplies required for creative interventions or projects. I have also donated paintings to specific charity drives for auction since I firmly believe that we need to support our community.


 

Facebook: Coming soon...too busy painting right now


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The self-worth/busy connection = bullshit.

“Hey, long time no see… what’ve you been up to?”’

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“Oh, you know, sooo busy!” Sigh. Eye roll. Cue long spiel about your countless commitments, lack of sleep and little Johnny/Suzy’s umpteen dozen after school activities.

Sound familiar? This seems to be the standard response doesn’t it? Sadly, our sense of self-worth actually seems wrapped up in knowing that others can see how “busy” we are. Why is this? Have we become such a judgemental culture that our those around us will actually think less of us if we aren’t “sooo busy”? Do we really believe that our children need to be in non-stop activities, or that the school bake sale will fail if we say no?

Constantly trying to prove our worth is exhausting and while we’re so busy living our overscheduled lives, we’re missing out on the good stuff. All the best stuff is really in the little moments. Laughing around the dinner table with the kids. A peaceful cup of coffee on the back deck. Watching a beautiful sunset. A quiet walk in the park surrounded by nature. What kind of life is it if we don’t have time for these things, or worse yet, if we feel guilty when we do take the time? 

If that isn’t bad enough, we’re so busy doing it all we are saying yes to things we really, REALLY, don’t want to do. The committees, the bake sales, and all the other bullshit. We create a life of absolutely no boundaries, and let’s face it if we don’t create boundaries then nobody will respect our time. Hell, we don’t respect our own time so why would we expect others to.

And in the midst of our super busy and important lives we not only forget the self care we deserve but we can’t give our best to those we love either. Your kids don’t need to be hauled around to every conceivable activity, they just need some of your undivided attention. What about the birthday card you forgot to send to because you were so busy, or the coffee date with an old friend you didn’t have the time to keep… the most precious gift you can give your loved ones, not to mention yourself, is your time and your undivided attention. 

Can we all just agree that this need to prove ourselves by being too busy to enjoy our life is just not worth whatever our ego is getting out of it? Can’t we all just slow down, let go of as many commitments as possible, get off that damn committee you hate so much and stop overcommitting your kids, they’ll love to have more freedom to just play! Let’s create a more peaceful existence and have more time for the things that matter. And next time someone asks how you are, I hope you can proudly tell them you’ve been taking time to relax and enjoy the little things… and you’re just sooo happy.

 
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MAKERS MONDAY: Zoe MacPherson

I’m a teenage creator from Regina, Saskatchewan just trying to find time to create work for anyone to enjoy.

I create drawings of semi-realism out of alcohol markers. Usually just they are just random characters from my head or people/characters from pop culture. (Cartoons, television shows, etc...)

Why do you create?
I create for extremely selfish reasons, completely and utterly for myself. As long as I like what I’m doing WHO CARES?!

How has your art practice evolved since you first started?
When I first started drawing I watched a lot of anime (Japanese cartoons) so I would trace the characters from those. I also never really grew up and have continued watching cartoons as a young adult which I believe really sparks my creative side. After tracing some crazy characters I decided to come up with my own,,, and here I am!

How much time do you spend on your art practice? Is it enough?
I used to spend all my time creating, but now I have many other things distracting me. With schoolwork, rehearsal, work, and The 90s sitcom “Friends” it’s hard to make time, but I will! ...soon

What is the most rewarding part of creating?
For me it’s the end product! Sure, the process is exciting, but nothing is better than taking a step back and enjoying something that is finished.

Do you have a creative philosophy?
Not quite yet...maybe later (haha)

What does creative joy mean to you?
Creative joy is not just in visual art for me, I am involved in drama programs and I find they have a different kind of creative joy that I just love. The community is amazing and accepting, I could not live without it, I don’t know how I ever did.


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MAKERS MONDAY: skprairiefaerie by Leah Lopez

I am a self-taught creative who loves all things stone and crystals. In November 2015 I decided to turn my passion for stones into a creative venture and that's when skprairiefaerie was born.

I create one-of-a-kind pieces that are purposefully designed with an intent in mind. The stones, beads and charms are selected to further this intent. All pieces are named after a Goddess who's energy emanates the intent behind the piece. All pieces come with a write-up on the intention of the piece and the metaphysical properties of the stones.

I think the one-of-a-kind element along with the write-ups set me apart from others. I want you to have a piece of jewelry that means something to you and that's where the story behind the piece comes into play. It enables you to see yourself at a moment in time within the piece.

Why do you create?
My jewelry aims to strike that inner conversation in yourself for yourself. The write-ups are an attempt to begin that conversation with yourself and to magnify the divine and warrior that lie within to encourage you to do what you need in that present moment to evolve forward. Life is a journey and my hope is that the jewelry provides insight and guidance, clearing space and providing you with the knowledge that everything you need comes from within. The stones magnify what already lies within you. I hope to encourage women and those that self-identify as women to examine and embrace all aspects, both light and dark, in their lives - both are vital to our wholeness and both deserve our love. We should not fear the dark but take the opportunity to explore it so that we might see how it can bring us this wholeness and balance, for we would not know the light without the dark. The pieces I make serve as guides through different points in your life, and the notion of the law of attraction guides you towards what you might need to help you on your journey in a given moment.

How has your art practice evolved since you first started?
I always wanted to make meaningful jewelry and started by making things for myself and friends when they need a pick-me-up. I always found that when the jewelry I purchased had meaning to it, I would wear it more often and it was more timeless in nature to me. I wanted to create something similar for others, but my designs and concepts have evolved to take a more holistic vision in terms of the energy of the world and what is needed right now. 

I often find I design my pieces based around energy themes that have been rising both for myself and the world around me. I try to take all of this in when I design my collections, so it's more focused than when I started.

I think my designs have also evolved. My current collection features pieces that have dual use so they are two distinct necklaces that can be worn for two different looks, but the stones have been purposefully selected to offer complimentary energy.

How much time do you spend on your art practice? Is it enough?
It's NEVER enough! I have young kids so the time I'm able to dedicate is typically at night once they are asleep. They are the focus of my attention when they're awake. : )

What is the most rewarding part of creating?
The most rewarding part of creating is when someone selects a piece for one reason or another and then reads the write-up and they just get this look on their face. To me, that means the piece really resonates with them; they understand why they've been attracted to the piece; and hopefully it has promoted some internal thought or meditation on the concepts I've spoken to. It makes my heart sing.

I also love when people contact me to make them a custom piece. Working with someone to design something for them that really fits with who they are and what they need in a given moment is so much fun and rewarding as well.

Do you have a creative philosophy?
Just create. Be you. There is no right or wrong. Just do what you enjoy and the rest will come.

What does creative joy mean to you?
Creating a spark in someone else, lighting them up so to speak so that they can begin to see things or try things from a different perspective. Creating space that allows this to happen for them.

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Where do you draw your inspiration?
From everyday life. There is so much going on in the world around us. Taking time to pause, observe and reflect often results in me scribbling like made in my design book. I take inspiration from listening to birds, walking along a beach, reading about Goddesses, and playing with my kids. 

What is your favorite stone?
My personal favorites are Amethyst and Fluorite. Amethyst has such a calming, soothing energy to it and who can't use that in their daily life. Fluorite always just brings me a gentle wave of refreshing energy, helping me to organize myself and my thoughts. I'm a bit of a scatterbrained person who's generally in a hurry so these are my go-to stones.

What are you obsessed with right now?
So, so many things. Right now the concept of duality - the balance of light and dark is especially at the surface of all I do. Lol, my current collection is designed on this very concept. I'm also obsessed with my kiddos and getting in all the time I can with them as they seem to grow so quickly. Book wise - all things Rumi, reading about Goddesses, and a book called "A Ceremony Called Life" by Tehya Sky - highly recommended!

What is something not many people know about you?
I used to be a weightlifter through CrossFit and actually competed in the team worlds event in Los Angeles. *Cue song - "The more you know"


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Facebook: www.facebook.com/skprairiefaerie

Instagram: @skprairiefaerie


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MAKERS MONDAY: Alexandra Bead House by Krista Rusk

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My name is Krista Rusk. I was born and raised in small town Ontario with dreams of becoming a fashion designer. I went to college in London Ontario to study Fashion Merchandising where I graduated with a diploma 2 years later. I moved to Saskatchewan in fall of 2013 to peruse a job in retail management. Since then, I’ve left that job and moved onto your typical 9-5 day job. With nowhere to express my creativity, I decided to start a small jewellery making business in the fall of 2015. It started with Mala Beads and has now turned to focus on healing bracelets + crystal therapy. I graduated my 200hour yoga teacher training in the summer of 2016 and have been teaching yoga ever since. Finally feeling into the groove of my creativity and flow, I started to offer bracelet making workshops and introducing the powers of crystal healing to the community! I’m now teaching 2 yoga classes a week, hosting healing bracelet workshops almost every weekend and still maintaining my full time job. I’ve got a lot on my plate, but it doesn’t seem like work when you truly love what you do!

I create healing crystal bracelets, crystal grids + crystal pouches. I only use real semi precious stones for all my bracelets and pair them with gold/silver plated charms. The crystal grids I make have been hand carved and printed by another local artist and I use crystals to create sacred geometry and frame them! All of my designs are from the heart. I love making custom pieces to help someone through a time time or if they need a reminder to make self love a priority. My art is unique to others because I take the time to allow my intuition to guide me while making pieces. I feel into what crystal would best benefit the customer and use only positive energy when working with the crystals.

Why do you create?
As I said in my bio, I needed a creative outlet while I started on my 9-5 journey. I’ve always been in positions that I could use my creativity at work, especially in the fashion industry, so I started Alexandra Bead House as a way to unleash and tap into that side of me again. I have realized lately that I also love to create to help guide people towards a happier healthier life. Using crystals + yoga is a beautiful way to help others them themselves!

How has your art practice evolved since you first started?
My creative process and art practice has evolved so much since I first start Alexandra Bead House in the fall of 2015. I have found reliable and genuine suppliers and I think I’ve really found my style. Being able to tap into why I design jewellery and crystal art has made things a lot more clear for me as well. Even in the last year or so I’ve started to expand and collaborate with other amazing local artists and artisans and that has helped me evolve!

How much time do you spend on your art practice? Is it enough?
I spend as much time as I can working on my bracelets and crystal grids but between working three jobs and making time for self care and family time, it doesn’t seem like it’s enough. My dream is to run my business full time and find a balance within my life’s purpose. Staying on track with my why but also being able to grow my business and allow it to be my way to support myself!

What is the most rewarding part of creating?
The most rewarding part of creating is how happy the customer is when they receive their handmade custom bracelet and to hear how it helped them towards living more on purpose. For me, creating is a way to allow myself to truly be present and in the moment.

Do you have a creative philosophy?
Not yet, working on it still :)

What does creative joy mean to you?
Creative joy is to allow the flow of creativity to come over you, get present and tap into the joy that comes when all of that is in alignment



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Valuable Hours

I grew up in a household where hours drawing and reading were valuable hours spent, not seen as a waste of time. (© Mariecke A. Leavitt, 2016 )
 

When I read this it resonated with me. I grew up in that same style. Relaxing was and is acceptable in my parent's home. We did not vilify ourselves for not being productive enough. We did our chores and made our meals like every productive person does in every average household, AND we relaxed. We took time to be quiet with ourselves. We gave ourselves permission to do this. I am continuing a family tradition by raising my children in a household where hours spent drawing and reading are valuable hours. I encourage them to read, draw and create. I believe it teaches them to be comfortable with themselves. It also gives them tools to deal with the hard moments in life. They know how to destress and detox their minds. It is such an important skill in our busy technology fuelled lives. My children embrace the ability to slow down and embrace the mind set of relaxation and living for the quiet moments.

Our whole lives consist of precious moments and valuable hours. How will you spend yours?

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FACILITATOR FRIDAY : Melanie Mitchell

Name: Melanie Mitchell

Business Name: Melanie Mitchell Designs

What medium do you work in? Silks and other fine fabrics, liquid dyes, found objects

What do you make? I create colourful patterned silk scarves and yardage inspired by an ancient Japanese silk painting technique called Shibori. From the yardage, I create one-of-a-kind gowns and accessories.

What compels you to create? It usually starts with the fabric; it tells me what it wants to be. When I run my hand over the fabric, an image will pop into my head ...or it says nothing. It sounds corny and frou-frou, I know, but it is what is ;-)

How did you start creating? I had a quarter life crisis...for serious. I've always been creative but after I graduated high school, I worked a retail job for several years. At 30, out of the blue I started having anxiety attacks. After a bit of soul-searching, my decision to attend the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design helped control the anxiety. But I really knew I had found my place when, in my very first design class, my instructor said "Look around. After today, you will never see the world the same way." And she was right.

Where is your studio is located ? My second bedroom, kitchen table, living room floor...anywhere there is a surface!

Why do you create?: I create for myself, not for others. Of course I want others to love what I'm doing but if they don't thats ok too. I create because it brings me happiness and being surrounded in smooth colourful silk is indescribably satisfying.

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio? I have a crush on my tiny 5" ruler. It's the one constant tool I use across all my creative goings-on.

What is unique about your art practice?: To be honest, I'm not sure that it IS unique. In a sense, all shibori patterns are one-of-a-kind as it is difficult to duplicate a design completely, due to the nature of the process. I don't object to experimenting with new ways of doing it, if something comes to me, but I don't actively seek out truly unique ways to create these patterns.

Number of years you have been a crafter or artist. 15 to 20

Describe your work with a movie title. Splash

Would you let us hook up your ‘Recently Played’ list on Spotify to the studio speakers?Absolutely YES

Favorite season and why? Definitely Autumn! I don't like being cold and I don't like being hot and Spring is too messy. Autumn is the perfect temperature with the added bonus of the trees turning the most glorious colors. Maybe not so much here in the Prairies but where I grew up in New Brunswick, it was magical.

Favorite place? My sofa corner curled up with my kitties.

What is your idea of time well spent ? Big bathtub,

Quirky fact... I was a vegetarian for 10 years (1991-2001) ...out of spite for an annoying neighbor who said I'd never be able to do it.

Photos!: Website: https://mjmbathbeauty.wixsite.com/melmitchelldesigns
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MAKERS MONDAY: Tunem Threads by Britt Agrey

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My name is Britt Agrey and I have been making things for my whole life. I seriously got into sewing when my grandma gave me her sewing machine from the 1970s. I am still using this machine today for all of my sewing and I am so grateful that she gave it to me when she no longer needed it. I have recently graduated from the U of S and am returning to school in the fall. I am in love with the outdoors and enjoy spending my free time hiking, camping, cross country skiing, kayaking and traveling to other countries. I also enjoy playing sports such as soccer and dodgeball. I manage to keep myself fairly busy working full time, sewing almost every day and participating in other extra curriculars.

I have always had a keen interest in retro styles and vintage fabrics. I have loved thrifting my entire life and have always strived to reuse and recycle as much as possible. All those aspects come together in Tunem Threads. I am inspired by bold colours and patterns and creating items that are completely unique. All of the clothing and accessories I create are made using recycled and reclaimed textiles and notions, right down to the buttons! Sometimes I may incorporate existing seams into a finished garment, however, I also make items from scratch. I also make clothing that is functional and try to make a variety of sizes that will fit a variety of body shapes. I have most recently started making men's items and am very excited with how they're turning out!

Why do you create?
I create clothing and accessories for men and women from recycled textiles. Currently this includes, dresses, jackets, earrings, bow ties and vests.

How has your art practice evolved since you first started?
I have learned a lot since I first started sewing. I am mainly self taught but also would not be where I am today without the knowledge, skills and encouragement of my mom! I have always enjoyed using recycled fabrics the most and rarely follow store-bought patterns when I sew. My sewing evolution can mainly be seen in my skill level and ability to make functional, comfortable clothing.

How much time do you spend on your art practice? Is it enough?
Recently, I have been sewing daily in preparation for Remix (an annual recycled art show in Saskatoon -April 21st and 22nd, 2018 at the Refinery!!). Sometimes I get "sewer's block" as I like to call it, where I am unsure of what to make and the creativity isn't flowing. Often, mainly during school, I just don't have enough time to sew and put it on the back burner. I am happy that currently, I can sew so frequently! It feels great!

What is the most rewarding part of creating?
For me, I don't start with a pattern or photo. I have an image in my mind of what I would like to create and go from there. It is rewarding when I am able to create exactly what I was imagining and that it worked out well and functional!

Do you have a creative philosophy?
"Don't be afraid to start sewing, there's always a stitch ripper"

What does creative joy mean to you?
Creative joy to me means that I can create items that people feel wonderful in! It also means to me that I can take fabric and an unused garment and turn it into a wearable piece of art!



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12 Steps to a happier life

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In my pursuit of happiness I’ve realized that it doesn’t necessarily require huge life changes, but instead can be achieved by small changes and new habits. The following are just some of the things I’ve tried to implement in my life in an effort to increase my level of happiness. I hope some of them will speak to you in a way that inspires your own happiness journey!

  1. Take technology breaks. We are a society of device addicts, and I am definitely not immune to the infliction, but I do believe we could stand a break. For some that might mean shutting your phone off when you get home from work, putting devices away while you have a family meal and connect with the kids, or maybe banning devices a few hours before bed and reading a book instead. For others it could mean a social media fast for a day, a weekend, a week… maybe a month? There is no right or wrong, just whatever feels right for you!
  2. Make a conscious effort to connect with others. And no I don’t mean on social media! Don’t get me wrong, that certainly has it’s benefits too, but what I’m really talking about is face to face interactions. Join a club or a sports team, take a fitness class or take a class doing something creative! Open yourself up to others with similar interests to you and you could find yourself making some new friends, something we can find more difficult to do as adults.
  3. Disconnect from toxic people and relationships. This one can be a tough one, but it’s imperative to preserve your own happiness and mental health. Sometimes this can even mean distancing yourself from a family member, and that’s ok too. Don’t feel guilty about protecting yourself from toxic people, no matter their relationship to you, caring for your mental health is far too important.
  4. Listen to music! Create playlists of your favorite songs. I have a habit of discovering a new song and blasting it on repeat while I drive, clean or just dance. Music is the soundtrack of our lives, enjoy it!
  5. Stop exposing yourself to negative media. Take for example today’s obsession with “reality tv”, is it just me or do these seem like the furthest thing from reality? At the very least not a reality I want to live in where everyone is fighting, criticizing and belittling each other. Although there is sure to be exceptions to the rule, it seems that reality tv glorifies the lowest of human behaviours and accentuates the disconnect in our society. Unfollow those who constantly post negative messages and false news, you don’t need that in your life.  Why not find some positive social media influences and follow them instead, there are plenty of people who are on the same journey of self discovery as you. 
  6. Stop glorifying busyness. Our culture is infamous for this, and unfortunately even more so as women. In our society we tend to measure our self worth by how busy we are and how stressful our schedules have become. I don’t know about you but this is how I have lived for years and I am exhausted. Let’s stop glorifying busyness and slow down a little.  Stop overscheduling our children, stop saying yes to every bloody thing you are asked to do, and start making down time a priority in your life. 
  7. Feel all of your feelings, every last one of them. Acknowledge that it is not possible to feel constantly happy. Relationships can be difficult, work can be stressful, life is and ebb and flow of emotions and experiences and that is ok.  It’s ok to be sad sometimes, to be angry, to feel down. Acknowledge those feelings, feel them, work through them and then let them go. Remember that without the darkness we would never appreciate the light.
  8. Have fun! Be silly and incorporate some kind of play into every day. You can play with your kids or your pets, take a fun class, or put on your favorite playlist and just dance! So many of us stop playing when we grow up, isn’t that sad? Not everything needs to be so serious, just lighten up! 
  9. Laugh!! Nothing perks up your mood like a good belly laugh. Put on a funny movie, watch some funny you tube clips, read a funny book or reminisce about funny experiences in your own life. Whatever tickles your funny bone make sure you’re laughing every day… this is a big one!
  10. Enjoy nature. I know, I know… it’s Canada and winter makes this one difficult. In those cold months try to get out as much as you can, at the very least crack the windows for a few minutes to let in some fresh air. And once the snow melts get out there and enjoy it all! Get your bare feet on the grass, in the dirt or, my personal favorite, on that glorious sandy beach! Sit quietly and observe the animals around us, they are the ultimate inspiration to live a simple life. Go for a walk in the park and listen to the sounds of nature, take a bike ride, dig in your garden or flower beds. Just get out there in whatever way speaks to you.
  11. Be kind to yourself. Stop the constant self criticism and instead try complimenting yourself. Stop comparing yourself to unrealistic social media images… the majority of us don’t really look like that. And remember that nobody’s life is as perfect as what we see posted online. We all really just want to be loved and accepted, and that begins with love and acceptance of ourselves and who we are right now.
  12. Consider ways to simplify your life. Minimalism is not just about decluttering your home and reducing your purchases, although this is a big part of it. Minimalism is ultimately about stripping away the excess of everything that does not bring value to your life including possessions, relationships, activities and beliefs. As you rid your life of the unnecessary, you will have so much more time and energy to give to your priorities in life and can finally find the kind of balance we all crave. And isn’t that what finding happiness is all about… devoting our lives to what matters and stripping away the rest?

These are some of the ideals I am working hard to implement into my own life. It isn’t always easy and I’m not always successful. Some days I feel down and I just have to sit with it until I find the energy to get back on track, and that’s ok. Just commit to implementing some of these ideas into your life and see where it takes you, make your happiness a priority.

 
 

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MAKERS MONDAY: Clover & Tine by Jessica Klaassen

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Hello! My name is Jessica and I am the creator of Clover & Tine jewelry. I am a mama to three little kids and a wife to my husband, Jared. I've always enjoyed being active and spending time outdoors. When I started dating Jared he introduced me to "shed hunting." Essentially shed hunting is searching for antlers that have dropped. Bucks shed their antlers each spring and grow a new set by fall. We enjoy hiking through the river hills near our home in search of these antlers. My business was born after seeing a picture of an antler tip necklace on Instagram and thinking, I could totally make that! After persuading my husband to let me use some of his antlers I starting designing and creating!

I create beautiful jewelry made with deer antlers. All of the antlers used in my creations have been naturally shed (dropped), so no animals were hurt in the process. No two antlers are the same, so each piece is unique. The antlers I use have been picked up from members of my family (most likely my husband). Our whole family enjoys the adventure of shed hunting though, even the little ones join in on the fun. Recently I added a Mica necklace to my shop as well. Mica rock is a raw beauty that is found in the river hills where we hike.

Why do you create?
I think I've always enjoyed creating things. It's fun dreaming something up and then seeing it through!

How has your art practice evolved since you first started?
Since starting I have become more confident in my ability to design and create jewelry. I have had to try and fail a number of times in order to figure out what works well for me.

What is the most rewarding part of creating? 
I enjoy seeing other people excited about my creations and that inspires me to keep on creating.

CREATE your own question & answer: 
What are some of the challenges you face as a creator?
As a mom of three little ones it can be hard to find the time and energy to play around with different designs and keep the creative juices flowing.



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FACILITATOR FRIDAY: DeLee Grant

Name: DeLee Grant

Business Name: DeLee Grant “ARTOGRAPHY”

What medium do you work in? Acrylic, Oil and Fine Art Photography

What do you make? Paintings and photographic prints

What compels you to create? I create art because it has always given me joy. Even as a child in elementary school, I could not wait for “art class”. In later years, it became a form of meditation.

How did you start creating? I was fortunate to have a mother who was an artist, so I was exposed to the joys of creating at a very early age. I have two siblings but I was the only one that acquired this passion to “create”.

Where is your studio is located ? I have to biggest studio in the world - the great outdoors. During winters and in climate weather, particularly in Saskatchewan, I am driven indoors to my studio which is a double car garage. I convinced my husband, the cars had to find a new location.

Why do you create? It is just something in me, something I am driven to do.

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?: Actually I have two favourite tools. My plein air easel and my palette knife. I love wielding my palette knife. I have one favourite one I always reach for when I get the notion to slap some paint around.

What is unique about your art practice? I have travelled to several parts of the world to create scenes in “plein Air”. As well, I have taken numerous workshop from “plein air” instructors to learn tips and techniques.

Number of years you have been a crafter or artist: 25+

Describe your work with a movie title: THE SOUND OF MUSIC or DANCES WITH WOLVES

Would you let us hook up your ‘Recently Played’ list on Spotify to the studio speakers?
Gasp NO

What is the funniest thing that happened to you recently? Last week I was filtering through old clothes and realized that I may have a problem!!! I’ve saved a “onesie” purchased at the ARMY AND NAVY 38 years ago and realized this could be considered as “hoarding”. I’ve convinced myself I’m just “sentimental” and this is NOT actually hoarding.

Favorite season and why? Without a doubt - SPRING

Favorite place? Cypress Hills and Waterton National Park

What is your idea of time well spent ? Exploring various hiking trails wherever we travel (locally and internationally)

Quirky fact... I rode a camel for 2 days across the Wadi Rum Dessert in Jordan and drank freshly gathered unpasteurized camel milk with the Bedouins.

Photos!
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MAKERS MONDAY: Saltine Baking Company by Ashley Schmalenberg

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Saltine Baking Company is a Regina based micro-bakery with a focus on producing naturally leavened sourdough breads and savoury pastries. Owned and operated by founder Ashley Schmalenberg, Saltine has been supplying the Regina community with organic breads and pastries since the Spring of 2014. 

Though we have no permanent storefront currently, all of our bread is mixed & baked within the local food hub Best Food Forward. Currently we bake every Saturday through January & February for the Food Hub Market and each Saturday during the Regina Farmers Market season, March through December. You can also currently receive our bread through our Breadshare program which is a subscription based monthly menu with biweekly pickups.

Our line of products is ever-changing but our focus is always the same, supplying our community with high quality organic sourdough breads and pastries. All of our products are made using local organic flours from Saskatchewan producers R&J Milling and Daybreak Mills & are mixed by hand in small batches. 

Our breads are 100% naturally leavened, which means they contain no commercial yeast. They rise using our 5 year old sourdough starter, which we fermented ourselves before beginning our business! Though it can be long, we take great pride in our baking process which can run from 24-36 hours start to finish. We believe that good things take time.

We also are proud to say that we produce many individual bread & pastry components by hand, such as pickles, preserves & cheeses. Not only do we take great joy in doing this, it allows us to know exactly what we are giving to our customers.

Why do you create?
Our passion for good, flavourful food and bread runs deep. The joy of breaking bread & sharing a meal is something that brings us all together and always has. It is not always an easy journey - working through the night, running markets on little to no sleep & stamping hundreds of bread bags each week (as many market vendors know!). Yet our community continues to support us and to remind us of why we do what we do. Seeing the smiling, familiar faces & hearing how much customers enjoy our baking is the reason we keep on moving. The support we’ve received over the past four years, and this past year especially has been overwhelming to say the least & we are so humbled by it. It gives us the drive to keep pushing & dreaming for a permanent home someday!

How has your art practice evolved since you first started? 
Our microbakery has been running for four years now and things have certainly changed! When we began we used to rent Fourth and James Bakery out in Lumsden. This meant running from my restaurant job out to Lumsden, baking overnight, driving home, hauling everything up to my third floor apartment for a few hours of sleep before hauling it back down & to the Farmers Market. Once winter hit & highway driving through the night was no longer a viable option, we began sharing the Food Bank kitchen for a few months with our friends at Local and Fresh, before eventually it baking for nearly a year from home. In 2016 we had outgrown our home kitchen substantially and headed to our current space at Best Food Forward. It’s not easy being a moving kitchen! Each step of the way is a learning process for us, and we truly believe it helps us grow as entrepreneurs for our eventual shift to our own space.

What does creative joy mean to you?
Creative joy is something we think about often. It is so easy once you transition your passion into your life’s work to get lost in the day to day stressors and forget why you’re here. Running a creative driven business is not always doing the job your passionate about, as any entrepreneur can tell you! Personally, I believe it’s about finding those little moments of light that remind you why you started in the first place. For me it’s a perfectly fermented starter, a loaf of bread that blooms beautifully in the oven or a croissant dough that was laminated just right. All of these snippets lead to my sense of accomplishment after the marathon that is prepping, mixing, shaping, baking and packaging for Market. Never mind the fact that I get to send out a few hundred loaves of bread each week to the people of Regina to share with their family and friends. This alone brings me creative joy each week. That, plus the smell of bread fresh from the oven is satisfying each and every time!

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Embrace the Shake

If you've met me, then you might already know that I have an essential tremor. Something you might not know is that I inherited this from my father's side of the family. My grandmother has a pronounced shake. I had a 50% chance of receiving this very unique DNA flaw. I was the lucky one. My brother appears to have come through unscathed, although time will tell.

I will not lie to you and say that I am ok with this turn of events. Some days I shrug and think "whatever!" and some days I throw myself a pity party. No matter how I feel on any given day I am living with a shake. 

The shake shows up in my hands (mostly the left hand) and my head. My head is most often what people notice. It shakes back and forth like I am saying NO. There is a "Yes" shake option but I received the negative one. Sorry for those who think I am disagreeing with everything, I am really quite agreeable.

I was diagnosed with essential tremors just before turning forty (along with declining close up vision and some gravity induced flaws, I don't care to mention).
The shake is not Parkinsons, the neurologist said to me.
Thank goodness, I said, Will it get worse?
I don't know, it might stabilize at any point or it might get worse, he said.

I was aghast. I am an artist and photographer. I work with my hands. I quickly went through the shocked "WTF. Seriously!" stage and moved into the Pity Party stage "Of course this happened to me". Then moved into the next phase mild acceptance, the intermittent shaking wasn't too bad and maybe, just maybe it wouldn't get worse. 

It became my dirty little secret. Why I thought I could keep it a secret is beyond me. Remember... I had grown up with someone who has a tremor. My paternal grandmother has had her tremor for as long as I can remember. She has always shaken quite vigorously with a negative shake in her head and a pronounced voice tremor. My friends would ask me "Why does she do that?" I would always answer "I dunno, she just always has". I never thought to ask because it was just normal. Part of who Grandma is. I never questioned the tremor.  

But now I was. Dang it! I read everything I could get my hands on. Not much there. Drugs, surgery. One bright point is that I could  have botox shots to look forward to. (Maybe I can get some botox for the gravity induced changes). Anyway, at this stage, I was quite upset and quite frankly things felt a bit hopeless. At this point, this could have gone many different ways. I could become a hermit. I could quit art and photography. I could re-train for some 'normal' job. But, creating art isn't just my passion, it's my life. I have been an artist my whole life. How can I just turn into something, someone else? 

Creativity is why I get up in the morning. It makes me happy. I will not give it up. I will figure out how to work with my shake.

Two things about me: I have a shake and I am really quite stubborn. I am going to keep creating art as long as I can.  My shake is getting worse but I am going to embrace the shake.

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The shake won't stop Kristin from creating art. Read more about KRISTIN HERE.

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